National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

American Genealogical Studies: The Basics 

American Genealogical Studies: The Basics is a course designed for anyone just starting out or who wants a quick refresher on genealogical principles.

What Will I Learn?

This cloud based course provides a solid foundation in genealogy. It consists of four modules covering:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Create A Research Plan
  3. Home Sources
  4. Family Traditions and Connecting with Others

Upon completion a student can:

  • tell the difference between a pedigree chart and a family group sheet;
  • understand why one should provide citations for their personal tree;
  • understand how to develop a research plan;
  • identify the kinds of family papers and memorabilia that have genealogical information;
  • recognize the way to record and evaluate various family papers, memorabilia, and family traditions;
  • reach out and connect with others; and
  • prepare, conduct, and evaluate an interview.

To learn more about American Genealogical Studies: The Basics, see the course syllabus, see the course syllabus.

Requirements

Since the American Genealogical Studies: The Basics is a cloud-based course, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet.

To optimize your online learning experience, the Canvas system uses the current version of a number of different browsers. To check for your browser compatibility, please see https://guides.instructure.com/m/4214/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support for further information and details.

All students work independently.

Do I Need Anything Further?

NGS strongly recommends the book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images by Elizabeth Shown Mills.1

Note: If you plan to take either AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation or AGS: Beyond the Basics, Evidence Explained is required.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration and providing log in instructions. It is followed by a second e-mail from the NGS Education Department <notifications@instructure.com> linking you to the registration page.

 

Fees

American Genealogical Studies series

Members

Non-members

The Basics

$45

$65

Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

$45

$65

Bundle of The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

$75

$100

Beyond the Basics

$175

$200

Note: Upon successfully completing both AGS: The Basics and AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, your NGS profile is set, allowing you to register for AGS: Beyond the Basics, at the online NGS Store. You have up to one year after completing both The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation to enroll in Beyond the Basics.

Term of Course

If you purchase AGS: The Basics, NGS gives the student access to the course for six months from the date of registration. If you purchase the bundle, you have six months for both courses.
For those who need extra time, a one-time extension of three months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org prior to the course expiration date.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds or credits are available.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who successfully completes one of the components of the American Genealogical Studies series receives a certificate of completion. Certificates are mailed out once per month. If you complete the course by the 20th of the month, we mail your certificate out at the end of that month.

Questions?

Please refer to AGS: The Basics FAQs for additional information or contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.


1 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, rev.ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012) and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images, rev.ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012).

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